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About Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

Four Incredible Hotspots For Sun Worshippers

If your idea of a holiday involves sitting back and enjoying the sun, sea, and sand, the following destinations in this post are some of the places that will be perfect for you. From white sand beaches to turquoise waters, they are the definition of a tropical paradise, and everyone back home will be incredibly jealous!

The Philippines

Gifted with 7,107 islands, The Philippines is an underrated country that holds a lot of promise for sun worshippers. Boracay is perhaps one of the best beaches to visit. It has one of the most beautiful sunsets that you will ever see. The beach is also popular for its parties, which do not seem to end. Palawan, which has been repeatedly ranked as one of the best islands in the world, should also be included in your itinerary. For diving, Cebu will surely be a hit. The Philippines is also popular, because English is widely spoken. Best of all, it is famed for the hospitality of their people. For sure, you will never feel too far from home.

Goa

When you mention India, many would instantly think of Taj Mahal, one of the greatest architectural feats in the world. Unknown to many, the country is also great for beach lovers. Goa is India’s most famous beach resort and should be on the top of the list of destinations that you should visit. Whether you would like to relax or party, Goa is the perfect place. Kayaking, trekking, scuba diving, and snorkeling are just some of the many activities that you can enjoy. Whether you are traveling on your own, with family, friends, or your significant other, you will have a memorable time in this tropical paradise.

Thailand

Popular as a backpacking country, Thailand is a good choice if you are on a budget. It is also perfect if you are planning a holiday with your family to Asia. Start your vacation in Bangkok, the country’s capital. It perfectly combines the old with the new. It has towering skyscrapers, ancient temples, modern malls, and traditional markets. Head outside of the city and you will have an abundance of choices for beaches. Koh Phangan is paradise for party-goers, which is home of the infamous full-moon parties. Phuket and Krabi are also excellent destinations, and are popular for their towering limestone formations. If you are looking for a quieter place, on the other hand, try Koh Tao. Other than its incredible beaches, Thailand is also heaven for foodies.

Dubai

Considered as a city of superlatives, Dubai is on the wish list of many people. There is just so much to do! From humongous malls to a seven-star hotel, it is ideal if you are looking for a lavish holiday. Palm Jumeirah, a collection of manmade islands, is a must visit. Here you can see high-end hotels and casinos. Jumeirah beach is a great spot for sunbathing and Jumeirah Beach Park is a brilliant grassy area next to the beach where you can relax in the shade of the trees and enjoy a picnic. Women should ensure that they are dressed conservatively when walking around, however, these rules are more flexible when at the beach and the pool, but just make sure you have a sarong to cover up with if you are going into public areas.

King Size Bed

The Top Five Factors To Consider When Shopping For A New Bed

As with shopping for almost anything, shopping for a new bed can easily become a lot more overwhelming than it seems to be worth. The shopping process, financial planning, delivery, and assembly of the bed is often so exhausting that you might find yourself wishing you had not disassembled your old one, just so you can take a nap! Do not worry, we are here for you. We have compiled a list of the top five things to keep in mind to make your bed selection experience the closest thing to a sweet dream that we can:

Price

Let us be real: as much as we love to shop, keeping a budget is absolutely crucial, especially when it comes to investing money in something that you are going to be using for years. Whether you are redoing your whole house or just need a functional replacement, sit down and plan out how much you’re able to spend on your new bed and what needs to be allocated to other décor ideas.

Size

Once you figure out your budget, the logical next step is to decide how big you do or do not want your new bed to be. Obviously, this is different for everyone, as it depends on the size and shape of your bedroom, as well as how you have your furniture arranged. Aside from that, you will want to keep in mind whether, and how often, you sleep with any pets, partners, or kids; this will give you an idea of the size of the mattress you should get, while the size and shape of the frame itself is another matter. If you want a mattress of a particular length or width, but do not have a whole lot of space in your room, you could possibly make it work with a thin wrought-iron wire frame, instead of a bulky wooden one, for example.

Functionality

This is closely tied to point #1, regarding a carefully-planned budget. It might be worth it to consider a frame that contains under-the-bed storage. The extra drawer space can be a huge help if you have a small room or a cluttered closet, with the added bonus of not needing to worry about vacuuming up dust bunnies from the dark floor under your bed. Additionally, plenty of bed frames have built-in shelves in the headboard. Instead of buying bookshelves, you can store your books here for a bit of light nighttime reading; instead of picking out one or even two bedside tables to hold glasses, cell phones, alarm clocks, radios, and other necessities, you can keep those right above your head.

Although shopping for children’s furniture certainly warrants at least one article of its own, it is worth noting that while shopping for kids’ beds, accessories, and add-ons can be useful investments. If your child needs rails on the side of their bed or if would benefit from storage space, you could consider a loft bed, for example. Another option for children’s beds is to buy one with a trundle or a pull-out section with a mattress that slides easily under the bed during the day. Whether your kid is having a lot of sleepovers or you yourself are having guests over, trundle mattresses can be useful whenever you host.

Mattress

As with children’s furniture, picking out the right mattress is a whole project of its own. You will want to take time to research reputable brands and companies, since mattresses themselves can be quite pricey. The size of the mattress is the next logical thing to consider. You might be tempted to believe that a larger mattress will automatically guarantee you a more comfortable experience and a better night’s sleep, but often it is the composition of the mattress and boxspring rather than the size. A full or even a twin can feel just as roomy and comfortable as a queen or king if set up correctly. Memory foam is one of the most reliable and most popular types of mattresses, as well as the kinds of mattresses that have remote-adjustable firmness or softness levels, which might be optimal for picky couples. There are even mattresses that can sit or lean upwards if you do not want to pay for a sit-up or back-rest pillow that can take up space.

Choosing the right mattress can seem overwhelming and at the end of the day, unless you have medical needs that require a certain level of a support from your bed or you are somehow a seasoned mattress maven, you are not likely to notice much difference between brands. Just try them out in store and see what types of mattress might be right for you. Besides, when in doubt, you could always throw it back with a retro waterbed.

Style

Now that the more utilitarian factors to keep in mind have been covered, it is time for the fun part: style! Here is your chance to customize. The same bed frame and mattress pairing can look completely different under two different personalization styles. There are plenty of stylish frames to choose from, from sweeping sleigh-style headboards to sleek, sharp, upholstered beds to the interesting beds structured to fit against the wall or in corners of rooms. Aside from the frame shape, there is plenty of color tones to choose from. Neutrals like white, black, and browns tend to go with pretty much all décor, but it is important to keep in mind how well light colors versus dark colors will blend or contrast with the other furniture and decorations in your bedroom. The finishing touch, of course, will be pillows and sheets. Again, it is a common theme here that this article is just an overview for you; there are tons of types and styles of sheets, blankets, and pillows to consider buying, so this is really up to you. Have fun!

At the end of the day, your bed is your bed, and the most important thing is to make sure you can get a healthy rest. Feel free to experiment and have fun with your designs, but do not sacrifice utility for superficial things. As long as you are comfortable, there is no wrong bed to choose. Good luck!

Moving Does Not Have To Be Stressful Or As Expensive As You Might Think

Moving can be described as one of the hardest, most expensive things to do. Many people can feel anxiety and stress from the minute that the decision has been made to move. Everything has to be packed and you have to decide on things like whether you will hire a moving company or if you will do everything yourself. There is so much to do and think about, that it can quickly get overwhelming. You will find that many of the things that will save you money, will also save you a bit of stress.

To Do It Yourself Or To Not Do It Yourself?

Many people might be of the opinion that hiring a cross country moving company can be expensive and they would be right. The question is: would it be more expensive to do it yourself? Aside from the actual loading and unloading of the truck, and the drive, if you did this yourself, you would have to pay for many other things. Those can include things like gas, tolls, snacks, and food for the trip, and even hotel stays. All of that will be on top of having to rent a truck for the move.

If you have a professional do it, you can actually save quite a bit of money, as well as relieving yourself of the stress of having to drive a big bulky truck on highways that you are unfamiliar with. The movers can even come in and do the packing for you and the unpacking once you reach your new destination. This can allow you to be at work and earning money instead of being stuck at home trying to shove everything into the nearest boxes.

Visit Your New City

If you are going to be moving to a new city, it can help to visit the new city before you move there. This is for many reasons. You will be able to find out where your new job is if you will be moving for work. You can find out which areas would be nice to move to. You can find out if you will have access to good schools and public transportation (this can save you money when you move there, by not having to spend so much on gas). There are many more things that you can find out by visiting your new city before you move there. Learning all of this beforehand can also mean less stress and trepidation before the move.

Cut It Down

It does not matter if you are moving across town or across the country, use this experience as the optimal time to cut down on your belongings. Aside from easing the stress of moving, this can also save you a lot of money. Consider this, as we go through the process of living, we tend to collect stuff. It might be clothes, books, furniture, hobby supplies, etc. We can probably all stand to get rid of the things that we no longer use or need. When it comes time to pack for a move, you literally go through everything that you own. What better time to make piles of stuff that you don’t need?

Most movers will either charge by the hour or by the weight. Only taking what you need and use, means that there is less to pack (and fewer packing supplies used), and that the total weight will be less. No matter which way you look at it, that will save you money.

Beyond that, you can sell the things you will not be taking. You might have a yard sale, list your items on eBay or Craigslist, or use apps like 5Miles or LetGo. The money that you make from whatever you sell can be used to offset some of the cost of the move. What you do not sell can be given to charity. Make sure that you get a receipt for it, so that you will be able to write it off on your taxes — saving you even more.

Europe’s Best Family Friendly Destinations

Thinking of going on a holiday with the family? Europe is one of the continents you should consider exploring. Whether you are on the lookout for a city that is rich in history or one that is contemporary, the options will be endless. Keep on reading and we will give you a quick look at some of the destinations that you and your family might want to see:

Barcelona, Spain

The delicious food and magnificent architecture are just some of the things that entice families to visit Barcelona. One of the places that you should see is Park Guell, which is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A stroll along La Ramblas will allow you to have a glimpse into the lives of the locals. For beach-lovers, The Olympic Village is a good place to have fun in the sun, sea, and sand. Do not also forget to visit Cuitadella Park to have the perfect respite from the hustle of the city.

Budapest, Hungary

Historic and affordable — these are just two of the reasons why Budapest is one of the best destinations for any family. It is proof that having an unforgettable holiday does not need to cost a fortune. Regardless of the season of your visit, there will be an endless list of activities to enjoy. From ice skating to simply playing in the parks, from museums to zoos, you will surely have a fun-filled itinerary. One of the places worth checking out is Szechenyi Baths, a great way to experience traditional indoor and outdoor bath spas, and the perfect place to cool down on a hot day. Riding the Children’s Railway is a must for the little ones, as well as visiting Heroes’ Square, Castle District, and The Hungarian State Opera House, amongst others.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

This is another excellent city to see if you are looking for a slice of tropical paradise in Europe. Whether you want to have a laidback or adventurous holiday, this place has something for everyone. Strolling around this historic city, walking along its sandy coasts, and a tasting its authentic cuisine are just some of the ways to have an unforgettable experience. Its Walled City will educate the kids about the city’s past. For a bit of adrenaline, meanwhile, do not forget to give kayaking a shot.

The Algarve, Portugal

Gifted with a moderate climate and a wide selection of beaches, the Algarve is another place that is perfect for families. There are lots of family-friendly resorts with facilities for both kids and adults. Albufeira, which is at the center of the city, is perfect for a tropical getaway. ZooMarine, on the other hand, is a theme park where you can have a personal encounter with sea lions and sharks, amongst other sea creatures. Meanwhile, at Praia da Rocha, you can enjoy a vibrant nightlife scene and exciting watersports. For a quieter beach destination, head to Praia do Vau.

Rome, Italy

Even if your family is not interested in history, a tour of Rome will be the perfect way to spark their interest; it is an excellent choice if you want an educational and enriching experience for the family. Rome is home to a number of historical sites, which will make your vacation highly informative. From the Vatican to the Colosseum, this city can offer a visual feast. Of course, your visit to Rome would not be complete without sampling authentic Italian cuisine, including their delicious pizzas and pastas.

Solar Eclipse

Some Frequently Asked Questions Answered About The Great American Solar Eclipse

All are waiting to witness the Great American Eclipse in 2017, which will be a unique experience for the people in United State to be remembered for a lifetime. People have many doubts and questions about solar eclipses, which we try to answer here through simple and easy understandable explanations:

Q: Why The Name “Great American Eclipse”?

The media largely uses the term “Great American Eclipse” to describe the 2017 eclipse because:

  • This sight of this eclipse is accessible to millions of Americans, as the total path of the eclipse bisects the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. About half of the nation can reach the path of totality in just a day’s drive.
  • It is the first time in about 38 years that America witnesses a total solar eclipse. Another unique factor about the 2017 eclipse, is that it is the first time in about 99 years that the path of an eclipse crosses from the Pacific coast to Atlantic coast. It is also a fact to note, that it is the very first time an eclipse visits only the United States and no other nations.
  • Information and discussions about the eclipse tend to spread like fire, as it is the first time ever a complete eclipse hits America in the age of social media. This is one of the biggest stories for the media in year 2017 and no doubt this is the reason they call it the “Great American Eclipse”.

Q: If I Live Off The Path Of Totality Do I Have To To Drive To Witness It?

It is no doubt that the Great American solar eclipse can be one of the most beautiful sight’s one can ever witness in a lifetime. Not just for humankind, but you can also witness nature getting astonished by the sudden unexpected darkness during the middle of the day.

Q: Is It Safe To Watch The Eclipse?

It is safe for anyone to watch the complete solar eclipse, but you must abide by the following rules:

  • Never look directly at it when any part of the sun is visible. There are approved solar filters available to view the partial phases of eclipse.
  • If you use binoculars or telescopes, securely attach the filters to the front glass without any gaps, it is advisable to get expert help for this.
  • If you are in the path of totality and while the moon fully covers the sun, you get a couple of extra minutes to view the total solar eclipse.

Q: What Time Does The Eclipse Start?

On August 21, 2017, the eclipse’s first landfall will be at Yaquina Head at Oregon coast by 10:15 a.m. PDT. Total eclipse leaves the South Carolina coast, immediately north of Charleston by about 2:47 p.m. EDT.

Q: How Long Will It Last?

Duration of the partial phase of the solar eclipse may vary from place to place. However, on an average the end-to-end eclipse may last from 2-21/2 hours. If you view it from the precise path of totality, one can witness about 2 minutes of eclipse, which may gradually increase to a maximum of 2 minutes and 41 seconds at Southern Illinois.

Mandy Bular is a space enthusiast and avid blog writer who is closely following the Great American solar eclipse and posted many articles related to the same on various websites.